Southern Leyte PSTC Conduct of Laundry Soap Production in Brgy. Tigbawan, Maasin City

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Southern Leyte Provincial Science and Technology Center led by Provincial Director Engr. Florita M. Santiago conducted training on laundry soap production for the Kababaihan sa Barangay nga Nagkahiusa Alang sa Kalambuan (KABANAKA). The training was held in the highland barangay of Tigbawan which is 30 minutes away from the city proper of Maasin. The peaceful barangay can be reached via steep and winding road which is not for the faint of heart. Despite the difficult road, one will be greeted with the spectacular view of the mountains, sweet smelling durian and the warm smiles of the locals along the way.

There were 35 participants in the training comprise of members of KABANAKA, a women’s association formed through the initiative of the barangay council of Tigbawan to empower its members through capability building and entrepreneurial skills development. Everyone was all ears to Dir. Santiago as she discussed the method of laundry soap making. Most were surprised that laundry soap making isn’t as difficult as it seem. Apart from the lecture, there was also an actual soap making activity facilitated by Dir. Daphne Santiago and So. Leyte PSTC personnel Ms. Norma Cecille Bagarinao, Ms. Kelly Bariata and Mr. Patrick Putan.

Before the training concluded, Ms. Bagarinao gave a brief orientation of the DOST programs and services. Brgy. Kagawad Maricel also gave her message and lastly, Dir. Santiago delivered her closing remarks with an encouragement to the KABANAKA members to continue what they have started in soap making and to not hesitate to seek the assistance of DOST on technical needs and other livelihood opportunities.

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